General Linux admin notes are here.
Raspberry Pi Installation¶
Download Ubuntu MATE 16.04.2 LTS for Raspberry Pi 2 and 3 systems from here
Open the downloaded file with Keka.
Ubuntu desktop requires you to initially login with a keyboard and monitor to setup the system.
Once logged in, you should use
sudo raspi-config to:
- enable SSH
- turn off GUI on init
- turn off splash screen on init
- expand the filesystem
Cleanup installed packages¶
View all the packages installed by default with:
sudo apt list --installed
Remove unnecessary packages with:
sudo apt-get remove --purge vlc* youtube-* yelp-* libreoffice* thunderbird*
sudo apt-get remove --purge transmission* scratch* firefox* rhythmbox* python-minecraftpi
sudo apt-get clean
sudo apt-get autoremove
Add developer packages¶
Add developer packages with:
sudo apt-get install git
Install ros-kinetic-desktop following the instructions here.
Disable Wifi on Ubuntu¶
To disable wifi, use this /etc/network/interfaces:
# interfaces(5) file used by ifup(8) and ifdown(8)
# Include files from /etc/network/interfaces.d:
# The loopback network interface
iface lo inet loopback
iface eth0 inet dhcp
In the event that wlan0 is still appearing with an ip address in
Enable Wifi on Ubuntu¶
If the wifi choices are stippled, try this:
sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart
- Edit file /etc/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.conf and change managed=false to managed=true
sudo killall NetworkManager
To manage wifi connection via a config file, add this to /etc/network/interfaces:
iface wlan0 inet dhcp
If a device is not managed in /etc/network/interfaces, then it will be avialable via the GUI.
Virtual Box Desktop Installation¶
After installing Desktop, click on Additional Drivers in Software & Updates and add machine-specific drivers.
Under the VirtualBox Networking options, set "Attached to:" to "Bridged Adapter"
To get hostname to reference network address rather than localhost, remove
host name from
After downloading the Ubuntu distro, convert it from a .img.xz file to a .img file with:
brew install xz
xz -d file-to-extract.xz
Mac boot disk installation¶
A good video on the process is here.
A description of how to enable wifi on a Mac is here.